By Jason Heidemann for the Orbitz Travel Blog
Yeah, we'd like to spend the coming year traveling the globe, but reality bites and neither our boss nor our bank account allow for the kind of jet set lifestyle we envision. Nevertheless, this doable checklist of iconic quickie getaways should keep you enthralled in 2016.
January: Rock the boat at Holy Ship! in Miami, FL
This maritime EDM festival sets sail from Port Miami in early January for a long weekend of live music and island hopping. The 2016 version of this fifth annual floating rave features Kaskade, Dillon Francis, Flosstradamus and more as 4,000 music fans enjoy seaside beats and island hopping. No worries if you've already "missed the boat," a second one departs in February.
Chinese New Year | Credit: San Francisco Travel Association/Corbett Lee
February: Kick off the Chinese New Year in San Francisco, CA
It's the Year of the Monkey and regardless of whether or not your possess monkey traits--curious, clever, intellectual and confident--you'll want to to get yourself to the
as bobbing dragon heads, exploding firecrackers and martial artists wind their way through the streets of Chinatown in this annual tradition that has been happening since the Gold Rush.
March: Go green Windy City style on St. Patrick's Day in Chicago, IL
No need to book a pricey ticket to the Emerald Isle to have a beer and salute St. Paddy. Instead, get yourself to the
where the "Chi-rish" gather by the thousands and huddle along the gorgeous Chicago River to watch it turn a sparkly green before turning their attention to the noisy parade. Afterwards, drunkards fill every taproom in town--Irish or not.
April: Marvel at the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC
Are you hot for Hilary? Taken with Trump? Smitten for Sanders? Regardless of political preference, all eyes in the U.S.--and world for that matter--will be pointed toward our nation's capital as Americans head to the polls this fall. But instead of spending chilly November in
, hit it up in spring when the National Cherry Blossom Festival blankets the city in pretty colors.
May: See citywide Cinco de Mayo celebrations in Los Angeles, CA
The city in America with the highest number of residents of Mexican heritage needs no excuse to celebrate the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla in 1862, but Angelenos will be damned if they're not going to spend that day guzzling margaritas, noshing on tacos and celebrating the victory on Olvera Street in El Pueblo de Los Angeles.